Use this rigorous lesson to prepare your students to write an analytical essay. First, engage students with two classic texts: “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry and “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain. Then help students complete close readings of the speech and satire with activity handouts focusing on before, during, and post-reading strategies.
Afterwards, students complete a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. Whether or not they will face PARCC assessments, this lesson provides instruction for any students needing practice with close reading. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. It would make a great interdisciplinary lesson for social studies too.
This updated product file includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards,
-contextual reading guide and vocabulary practice,
-sample annotation passage,
-texts of the speech and satire,
-two literature web graphic organizers,
-analytical essay prompt,
-key (detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay are provided in the key).
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